The figure above is the median large parr density and associated 95% confidence interval for the East Machias River, ME (1970-2018). Red markers indicated years that resulted from fall parr stocking and the Peter Gray Parr Project. Source: Maine DMR 
Peter Gray Hatchery Update  
Good afternoon friends of the Peter Gray Parr Project and Atlantic salmon. I'm going to lead this update with a snip-it from our large summary document that has some BIG NEWS. This section is referring to results from our electrofishing effort this past September (see graph at the top of the page).

"Median large parr density during the span of the Project is 11.8 parr/unit, compared to the densities seen during unfed fry stocking of 4.9 parr/unit (a unit is 100m 2 of salmon habitat). This is a 141% increase over a 7-year time span. In other words, the parr densities in the East Machias River as a result of the Project are more than double what they were during unfed fry stocking. This is the highest (!!!!!) decadal large parr density observed in the East Machias River since electrofishing began in the mid-1970s. The next highest decadal median was during the 1970s at 10.5 parr/unit."

Another way to put this is, there are more salmon parr in the East Machias River then there has been in the past 4 decades!

The good news doesn't stop there. If you look at the box plot displaying densities of parr observed in Northern Stream, you will see that fall parr stocking from the Peter Gray Hatchery outperforms other stocking strategies. Those strategies include: fed fry (fry that are stocked in late May/early June after feeding for a few weeks), unfed fry (fry stocked right after emergence in the the beginning/middle of May), and captive reared adults (adults stocked in the stream before spawning season to spawn on their own in the stream bed). In congruence with this, fall parr stocking produces significantly greater parr densities in B-class (mid-size streams) and C-class (mainstem) width class waters then other stocking strategies.

Take a look at the graph comparing the smolt to adult return rates (i.e. percentage of return adults, otherwise known as at-sea survival) of three different Maine rivers using thr ee different stocking strategies. Given the three years of data we have the average return rate resulting from the Peter Gray Parr Project (2.08%) is higher than that of average return rates for naturally-reared salmon on the Narraguagus River (0.915%) and smolt stocked salmon on the Penobscot River (0.153%) (USASAC 2017). Naturally-reared refers to fish that have been stocked as unfed fry, egg planted, or are a result of natural spawning. Smolt stocked salmon are raised in a hatchery setting to accelerate growth and stocked out in the spring right before migration to the sea (no in-river experience).

All of this data is pointing towards the fact that the Peter Gray Parr Project model for raising salmon outperforms other strategies in producing more parr, more smolt, and higher adult returns.

We now have the bulk of our salmon eggs at the Peter Gray Hatchery for the 2019 rearing season. Currently around 350,000 eggs are incubating in East Machias. When it is all said and done we will have picked up around 365,000 Atlantic salmon eyed eggs from the US Fish and Wildlife - Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery. Thank you to our PGPP partners there for your help - we couldn't do it without you.

In other photos you will findvsome progress in our hatchery expansion. We are building drain screens (see Rachel and Meagan working away) and have now started running the plumbing throughout the hatchery. There is a lot more work to do, but the goal is to have salmon growing in the expansion come this May!

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Box plots (max, +1 s.d., median, -1 s.d., and min) of large parr density (fish/100m 2 ) observed during electrofishing sampling by lifestage stocked and period (years), Northern Stream, East Machias River drainage, Maine (1997-2018). Like letters indicated no significant difference (p > 0.05; Tukey’s HSD). Source: Maine DMR
$30,000 Charlie Harriman Peter Gray Parr Project Matching Gift Challenge
Charlie was so happy with the success of his recent $60,000 Peter Gray Parr Project Matching Gift Challenge, that he has generously put up another $30,000 for a matching gift challenge!!  

For the 2019 Peter Gray Parr Project Matching Gift Challenge every donation to the Peter Gray Parr Project will be matched 50% up to $30,000.00. Your $100 gift becomes a $150 donation to the Peter Gray Parr Project!

Thank you, Charlie, for your steadfast commitment to the Peter Gray Parr Project!

You can also support the Peter Gray Parr Project by purchasing some Downeast Salmon Federation swag! Hats, vests, and shirts can be found HERE . Other ways to help are to become a member !

We hope this update finds you well and you enjoyed reading about the Peter Gray Parr Project . Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, in the pursuit of Atlantic salmon restoration!

Kind Regards,

Peter Gray Hatchery Staff 
If you'd like to read more on the Peter Gray Parr Project 's beginnings and future please read our  Parr Project Booklet

There is a short Parr Project video on our website  HERE.
Thank you to the Trout and Salmon Foundation for your continued support of the Peter Gray Parr Project !
Please support our work by becoming a member  of the Downeast Salmon Federation. Together, we can restore sea-run fisheries in Maine.